Single Courses - School of Business

Single Master’s-Level Business Courses

At CalSouthern, students are permitted to enroll in a course at the master’s level without committing to a particular degree program. It’s a great option for students who want to:

  • Get a feel for online learning at CalSouthern before pursuing a master’s degree
  • Earn credits that can be applied toward a master’s degree at CalSouthern or another institution*
  • Gain master’s-level knowledge and expertise in a topic of interest

Choose any master’s-level course offered by CalSouthern’s School of Business. You’ll find a vast selection of subjects available, on topics as diverse as finance, human resources, change management, international business and project management.

Getting started is a quick and simple process. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. A bachelor’s degree is not required to take master’s-level courses. (However, if you wish to enroll in CalSouthern’s Master of Business Administration program, a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite.) Courses start every month; you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!

*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Graduate Business Courses

HCA 86810 Healthcare Informatics

Credits : 3

This course provides the student with the fundamentals of healthcare delivery systems, health information management, and health information systems based on the core competencies as defined by the American Health Information Management Association, or AHIMA, relative to what students need to know to be knowledgeable in healthcare informatics. The student explores delivery fundamentals, accreditation, regulations, electronic records, coding, and reimbursement. They also learn the importance of healthcare transactions, billing, health statistics, research, and decision-making processes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss ambulatory and acute care facilities, long-term care, and LOS.
  • Explain a type of nurse that can diagnose patients and write orders, and clinically allied health professions.
  • Explore differences between licensed beds and hospital bed counts.
  • Define HIM and HIT.
  • Explain the fields of HIM and IT, medical terminology, and authorization of HIPAA.
  • Discuss patient’s consent and Administrative Simplification Subsection.
  • Define COLD, unit of image data, and sending information over the Internet.
  • Apply software to be used for telephone systems, patient health record data, and differences in patient records at an inpatient facility versus doctor’s office.
  • Explore PHR and functions of patient health records.
  • Describe documents that can be organized in paper charts, hybrid health records, and loose sheets.
  • Explore AHIMA Code of Ethics, HER, and electronic signature.
  • Discuss flow sheet and benefits of patients entering their own symptoms and history into the computer.
  • Evaluate PACS, MPI, and hanging protocols.
  • Discuss health records for emergency departments, Medicare plans, and IPPS.
  • Explore capitation payments and payments that are calculated per diem.
  • Discuss EMC, ERA, and payment floor.
  • Explain types of patient statements, claim edits, and real-time/batch posting.
  • Describe paper forms for professional claims.
  • Discuss coded, fielded primary data, cancer registry, and XML.
  • Discuss de-identified data, case mix index, and sampling.
  • Review algorithm and central tendency values: mean and median.
  • Discuss interfaced and integrated systems, plus, aging reports.
  • Explain human resource systems and risk management.
  • Introduce self and explain course expectations.
  • Integrate the course concepts through interaction with other Learners and your Faculty Mentor.
  • Access information efficiently and effectively.
  • Evaluate information critically and competently.
  • Allow the student to elaborate and expand their knowledge in an area of interest discussed during the course.
  • Provide the student an opportunity to research a healthcare informatics, technology, or information concept to expand their knowledge of the healthcare profession.
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